An AFOL. I love talking about, creating and playing with LEGO bricks.
Today we will be taking a closer look at the Wildlife Rescue Hovercraft Polybag set number 30570. This set came out in 2021, has 35 pieces, and was designed for people 5 and up.
As you can probably guess from the title, the set is from the Wildlife Rescue theme, which is a subcategory to the larger LEGO City theme. The sets from this branch focus on helping wild animals in danger. Here we have a rescue worker using a hovercraft to reach a monkey in trouble.
Let’s start with the monkey piece. This new creature piece was developed for the Wildlife Rescue theme. This particular monkey has dark tan fur, with a light nougat face and ear pattern. LEGO has made a lot of different monkey creature pieces over the years, but I think this might be the best resemblance to a real life macaque monkey yet. It has the ability to attach to studs with the outstretched hand or a hole at its base beneath the feet. The tail can be used to hang from tree limbs or other bar-like structures. I’m glad LEGO gave us so many ways to attach these adept tree climbers.
Wildlife Rescue Worker Minifigure
The Rescue Worker minifigure is unique to this set. However, the pieces to assemble him are not rare. The leg and torso piece are the uniform for the Wildlife Rescue crew, so most of the minifigures come with this outfit. I do love the printing and think it can be versatile outside the Wildlife Rescue theme. The two pockets on the front of the dark tan pants look great and necessary for these workers who need to carry supplies out in the field. The open collar tan shirt underneath a blue vest looks like the perfect ensemble for an animal worker. While the detail on the front and back of the vest is spectacular, I love the paw print rescue symbol printed on the back. The lopsided grin on the face shows us that this worker loves his job. The dark red hat is a useful clothing item for someone working outside in the sun.
The hovercraft was created using 28 LEGO pieces. The base is a 4X8 black plate. The air cushion uses 45 degree angled black slopes and wedges along the side and front of the vehicle. The thrust fan was created using an inverted slope, double top pin connector and a 3 blade propeller. Thanks to the technic pin connection, this fan can spin around as you pretend to move it. A handlebar is used by the minifigure to steer the craft. The translucent blue plates used for the front lights look nice, but I LOVE the 2X2 curved slope with the Wildlife Rescue logo printed onto it. To create a cargo hold for emergency supplies a 1x2 tile with bar handle was put near the back of the hovercraft.
For this set, our Rescue Worker is supplying food to a wild monkey. To carry the bright green apple to our starving animal, LEGO used a light bluish grey container piece. This 2X2X1 open topped box is used a lot for this purpose in other LEGO sets. While not creative, it’s very effective. As the old saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”
This is an amazing set. The simple assembly but effective look of the hovercraft is great for builders of all levels. The unique but generic appearance of the minifigure lets you get a Wildlife Rescue worker for a relatively cheap price. For me, the best part of this set was the new monkey creature piece. I’m a big fan of the animal creature pieces. I believe you can never have too many in your collection. Especially with animals that live in large groups. For monkeys, that would be a barrel or troop.